Self-guided art tour this weekend in Garrett County

OAKLAND — Local artists, in partnership with the Garrett County Arts Council, invite the public to visit local studios and galleries as they travel the scenic byways of the area. Participants will be able to meet the artists, discuss their inspiration and learn about the creative process for their artwork.

The Art Tour Open House event will take place July 28 and 29. The self-guided tour route spans the county from north to south and includes 13 studios and galleries. Hours vary depending on location.

Unique, hand-made artwork will be on display for sale. The range of art forms featured will include paintings in oil and watercolor; jewelry created from copper, silver, gold, gemstones, vintage flatware and fused glass; several styles of photography on paper, wood, canvas and metal; woodcrafts; fabric art and quilting; and a variety of pottery styles.

Along Grantsville’s Main Street, visitors may enjoy seeing the new Salt and Pepper Studios: Home of the Walking Gallery of Art with artist Regina Holliday. Holliday is an arts advocate and personally works in various mediums while striving to inspire all ages to find their inner artist. At the opposite end of town, Spruce Forest Artisan Village’s resident artisans will welcome guest to their log cabin studios.

Two studios will be open in the Bittinger area. The Loft Shop gallery and studios will feature hosts Sue Arnson’s watercolor paintings and mixed media collages and Alan Arnson’s woodcrafts and woodturnings. Joining them will be Kitty Lynch with her Wire Wrapture silver and gold wire-wrapped precious stone jewelry. Nearby travelers will find Warm and Cozy Quilts, the home studio of Wendy Rippeon. Wendy creates quilted table runners, mug rugs, ornaments and bed-sized quilts.

On Deep Creek Drive in McHenry, find painter Renee Ann Keil at Driftwood Manor. Renee is a painter working in oils, pastels, and watercolor depicting landscapes, architectural landscapes and some figurative work.

Also in McHenry, just off Mosser Road, Joan Chaney will display her hand-quilted wall hangings, framed quilts and full-sized quilts. Close by, on Laurel Ridge, is Deep Creek Pottery, home studio of Ron and Lorie Skidmore with their gas and wood-fired pottery. This stop also includes 4Wheels Photography, nature and landscape photography by Marcia Warnick and Connie Pardini of Wirestorm Creations.

Pardini fashions unique jewelry, wind chimes, ornaments and wire tree sculptures from concept to completion using sterling silver, copper wire, horseshoe nails, and antique spoons. Mosaic stepping stones designed and created by young artists Derek and Lindsay Skidmore will also be available.

Near Swallow Falls State Park is Four Storm Artists Gallery. This privately owned gallery showcases the work of over 20 artists including the owners, members of the Blizzard family. The nature and landscape photography of father and daughter artists Neal and Caroline Blizzard, the silver and gemstone jewelry of Karina Stonesifer, and the blown glass goblets and vessels of German artist Peter Schweifel.

In Oakland, the public can enjoy Smoke N Mirrors Photography, a gallery and studio owned and operated by photographer Dave Bruffy. Garrett County Arts Council’s Gallery Shop will be open normal hours from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. And on Saturday morning, the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In addition to the abundance of local produce, many artisans and crafters take part in the market.

Rounding out the trip, at Swanton in the Sky Valley area, Snowbird Creations Glass Studio, home to glass artist Julie Turrentine, will display her fused glass jewelry, sculptures and yard ornaments. On Turkey Neck Road, find Appalachian Studio, the home of watercolor and mixed media artist Robert Yonke. His subjects include water and mountain landscapes, as well as local wildlife

The Art Tour Open House weekend is free. Detailed directions and studio hours can be found at the website or at Garrett County Arts Council on Facebook.

A downloadable file is available. There will be directional signage along the tour route to guide drivers to the sites.

For more information, contact the Garrett County Arts Council at 301-334-6580.